Inventory of the Kuromi Photo Album Collection SPC.2017.012

Louanne Heintz
California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
2017-09-25
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
archives@csudh.edu


Language of Material: Multiple languages
Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Kuromi Photo Album Collection
creator: Kuromi, Hitoshi
creator: Kuromi, Corrine Nobuko Nishimura
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2017.012
Physical Description: 2 boxes (2 photograph albums, one box of material)
Physical Description: 1.3 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): circa 1940-1960; 1970-1972
Language of Material: Collection material is in English and Japanese.
Abstract: This collection contains two photograph albums and material related to Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi and Corrine Nobuko Nishimura Kuromi. Subjects in the collection include the Kuromi family, the Gila River incarceration camp, and hot rods.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[title of item] Kuromi Photo Album Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

Scope and Contents

The Kuromi Photo Album (circa 1940-1960; 1970-1972) contains two photograph albums and material related to Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi and Corrine Nobuko Nishimura Kuromi. The first photograph album is mainly photographs of Corrine Kuromi and includes images of her family, the Gila River incarceration camp, her classmates' graduation portraits, her wedding pictures, and other images. The second photograph album contains images of family vacations to the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. It also contains photographs from a car show event or gathering. The rest of the material in the collection relates to Yoko Kuromi's service in 1970 and the memorial fund set up in his name.

Biographical / Historical

Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi was born April 24, 1925, and lived in Southern California where his parents owned a floral company. Yoke and his family moved to the Gila River incarceration camp as a result of Executive Order 9066 during World War II. They arrived at the camp on October 18, 1942, and were released July 20, 1944. After being released, Yoke served in the United States Army during 1950-1952, and he was stationed in Alaska.
Corrine Nobuko Nishimura was born on July 3, 1929. Her family also moved to the Gila River incarceration camp on July 20, 1942, and they were released September 6, 1945. Corrine and Yoke married June 7, 1953, and had four children together, Lynn, Kevin, Janet, and Carolyn. Yoke died January 1970, and Corrine died January 1994.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For related materials please consult: http://csujad.com.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Automobiles, Racing
Florists
Hot rods
Gila River Relocation Center
Japanese American soldiers
Japanese Americans- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Nishimura, Arthur
Nishimura, Yemiko
Iwasaki, Taye
Mayeda, Fumiyo
Mizufune, Midori
Mizufune, Suniko
Toma, Kimiya
Wakayame, June
Seiji, Fujiye Frances

box 1, item 1

Corrine and Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi photograph album circa 1940-1960

Scope and Contents

This photograph album contains about 370 photographs, mostly of Corrine and her family and friends. In the album are images of the Gila River incarceration camp in Arizona, her brother's (Arthur) Army, Yoke and Corrine's wedding pictures, pictures of their young children, and a trip to Catalina Island. Also included are newspaper clippings regarding the Nisei Week Festival with a newspaper article and photograph of the Royal Court for Miss Nisei of 1952.
box 1, item 2

Family vacation and hot rod photograph album circa 1940-1960

Scope and Contents

This photograph album contains over 200 pictures of family vacations and car show events. There are about 90 photographs of hot rods and classic cars, possibly from a car show event or gathering. Some of the hot rods and classic cars photographed might be a [1940] Ford Mercury, a 1928 Ford Model A Pickup, and other models of modified Ford cars from the 1920s and 1930s. The other images in the album are family vacation photographs to Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, and other unidentified locations.
box 2, folder 1

Newspaper clippings related to Yoke Kuromi's Memorial Fund and service January 26, 1970 - February 8, 1972; undated

Language of Material: English and Japanese
box 2, folder 2

Funeral service program for Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi January 27, 1970

Language of Material: English and Japanese
box 2, folder 3

Letter to Southern Teleflora Unit from John Lancaster, AIFD Unit President January 29, 1970

box 2, folder 4

Letter to Janet Kuromi and family from Ronald James Wong February 4, 1970

box 2, folder 5

Yoke Kuromi Memorial Fund Meeting dinner letters, meeting committee list of members, meeting minutes, program, tickets, receipt, and photograph of Corrine Kuromi May 20, 1970-June 10, 1970; circa 1970